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Severe quake rattles Bay residents

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Bay of Plenty residents have reported being woken by the 7.1 earthquake that struck 130km north-east of Te Araroa at a depth of 55km at 4.37am.

A Welcome Bay resident says it felt like a gentle rocking.

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Matt Cowley posted this pic on his twitter feed this morning saying: "the irony in front of the tsunami evac sign. Waves could be over 1m. Don’t do this". The video here show calm seas at The Mount this morning. Video by Rosalie Crawford.

“It rattled the ornaments and went on for about 15-20 seconds. It was a gentle rocking and light shake. The lights were swinging.

“It woke both my wife and I. My wife has an earthquake app on her phone and there were several aftershocks, one was a 4.5 following the first major quake.”

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says they felt the earthquake in Edgecumbe.

“It was about a 20 second rumble.”

A Katikati couple were also woken by the earthquake this morning.

"My husband and I were woken at 4.45am by a significant earthquake in Katikati. We live by the Medical Centre in Clive road & own a solid villa.

"The house shook from side to side for a while & then all the doors & windows rattled for even longer. There was no noise associated with it though."

Other people have reported feeling the quake as Northland and Wellington, and the top of the South Island.

The Mount looking flat and calm this morning at 6.55am. High tide is expected just after 7.30am.

The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning in New Zealand and the Civil Defence is warning people to stay off the beaches.

Waves as high as 30cm have already hit the East Cape, with high tide just befor 7am.

High tide is expected in Tauranga around 7.30am.

“The first tsunami activity has arrived. Tsunami waves are expected to be observed for a couple of hours duration, based on current numerical simulations.  Waves are anticipated to be between 0.2-1m,” says The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management.

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit off the East Cape at about 10am yesterday.

People in the above/ coastal areas should:

1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities)

2. Stay off beaches and shore areas

3. Do not go sightseeing

4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends

5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates

6. Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities 

Comments on SunLive

What Warning!

Posted on 02-09-2016 14:08 | By stokey

Woken with the shaking and noise from the roof tiles. Realised t was a quake and listened for the warning siren Council were talking about. The silence was deafening so went back to sleep. What a waste of space these emergency and disaster people are. They are very good in a simulated, all expenses paid, conference. When action is needed where are they?

Posted on 02-09-2016 10:42 | By Capt_Kaveman

Matt has free exposure for council and as for the waste of funds spent on signs and maps,There are only a few areas that are in danger from a 2m Tsunami if the people sitting on the Tsunami watch dont know these places are then they just a waste of space, to help on another matter i use a smart phone app called ( whats Shaking NZ ) which awoke me by text at 5am this morning, i have the app set at 5.0mag or higher
Sirens are a MUST!

Posted on 02-09-2016 10:14 | By Murray.Guy

A community wide emergency AUDIBLE ALERT NETWORK is a no brainier for our community (any community). A cost effective and efficient siren option was rejected by our City Council in favour of signs, a few drain bridges ands’ a dirt bund! Tsunami risk and inundation is ONLY number 7 on the list of potential (not if but when) unplanned disaster events for our community. The test was very successful. Listen here:
No sirens, no text, would be dead if it was a decent tsunami.

Posted on 02-09-2016 07:44 | By jed

I’m signed up for the Civil defense text...but nothing. And, no sirens. Really, we have an army to fight for NZ safety, there was a tsunami not htat long ago that killed over 100k people around asia, yet, tauranga council and govt cannot built a working alert system.

Posted on 02-09-2016 07:35 | By nerak

Nice pic Matt, where was it taken from?Were you in a safe place using an exceptionally good telephoto lens???

Posted on 02-09-2016 07:35 | By Shocking!

In Papamoa East we were woken up by the blinds banging. One daughter woke up wondering what was going on...Bit worried about the Tsunami warning as I wouldn’t have known unless I checked here on SunLive!!Well done to Golden Sands school too for sending us parents a text saying the school is open and they are watching the warning closely, but understood if we kept kids home.:)
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